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The Food Dialogues at Dairy Strong: Farming for the Future

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The Food Dialogues at Dairy Strong: Farming for the Future

Address: Madison, Wisconsin

While the concept of “sustainability” has different meanings for different people, most consumers agree it’s becoming  increasingly important in food production. With this in mind, a panel of farmers, ranchers, academics and sustainability experts will convene to discuss current practices and the future of sustainability during The Food Dialogues®: Dairy Strong; Farming for the Future. The panel, hosted by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), will take place at the Dairy Strong conference from 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. CT on Thursday, January 14, 2016 in Madison, Wis.


Michael Specter

New Yorker Staff Writer

Michael Specter has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998. He focuses on science, technology, and public health.

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Greg Zwald

Farmer, White Pine Berry Farm

Greg Zwald and his wife Irma are co-owners of White Pine Berry Farm established in 2012. They raise 8 acres of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, currants and asparagus, all of which was recently certified organic in 2015.

Steve Peterson

Food industry sustainability expert

Steve Peterson was previously the director of sourcing sustainability at General Mills, starting in August, 2010. He led External Manufacturing at General Mills from 2005-2010.

Lauren Lindsley

RDN, CD, dietitian manager, Skogen’s Festival Foods

Lauren is a nationally accredited, state-certified Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist. As the Dietitian Manager and Green Bay Regional Dietitian, she leads the regional dietitian team in developing innovative nutrition programs across the company.

Steve Richter

director of conservation programs for The Nature Conservancy

Steve Richter coordinates Wisconsin chapter conservation strategies in agricultural landscapes. In two such projects, The Nature Conservancy works with partners and farmers to change farm practices in ways that work with farmers and improve water quality in Wisconsin’s lakes and streams.

Kim Kroll

farmer, Rolling Hills Dairy

Kim Kroll is part of a fifth-generation dairy farm family on the original homestead in Luxemburg, Wis. She works on the farm, Rolling Hills Dairy, with her husband, three children, ages 11, 9 and 7, her mom and dad, two brothers, two sisters in law and six nieces and nephews.

Jude Capper

PhD, independent livestock sustainability consultant

Jude Capper, Ph.D. is an independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant based in Oxfordshire, UK, who undertook her BSc and PhD in the UK, before undertaking post-doctoral research at Cornell University and a faculty position at Washington State University.

Michelle Miller

Associate director, The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michelle Miller is Associate Director at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, the sustainable agriculture research center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.